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Views from the Depths

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A mermaid willing to trade her life for love...

A young girl whose beauty can drive people mad...

Twelve sisters with a mysterious addiction...

A beast that can only be transformed by love...

Views from the Depths is a collection of four short stories told from perspectives of multiple characters. Each of these stories takes an in-depth and sometimes melancholy look at some of
ebook, 48 pages
Published November 29th 2013 by Tall House Books
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Nancy Kelley
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Most of us are familiar with the Disney versions of fairy tales, in which the heroine is always pure and beautiful, the hero is always strong and good, and right always wins in the end. However, many of the tales we think we know are only sanitized versions of the originals.

In this collection of short stories, Jessica Grey explores the darker side of four well-known tales: The Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Beauty and the Beast. Each story is told from multiple fi
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Views from the Depths is a collection of short stories, retellings of four classic fairy tales. The stories are explored from much darker, more melancholy perspectives, bringing an entirely new light to stories that most of us are more familiar with in their more sanitized Disney-style formats. This collection answers questions that most of us never realized needed to be asked, Each story is told from multiple first-person POVs, which truly expands the story.

The first story is based on the class
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I'm a bit of a Jessica Grey fangirl... she has a knack for storytelling that keeps me spellbound. As with her previous collection of fairy tale shorts, Grey has taken familiar, beloved fairy tales and turned them inside out. Unlike Views from the Tower however, Views from the Depths has a dark edge to its tales.

Grey has delved deep into the psyche of pivotal characters in four classic tales (The Littl
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A unique take on this princess - actions and motives!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
A new fairytale for me, this one has a King with twelve daughters who spend each night dancing til their slippers wear out. Intending to keep them awake throughout the day to tire and keep them from their dancing nights, he is unsuccessful. Princes he invites to stop them, disappear without a trace.

Beauty and the Beast
Told in the various charac
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Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've always liked the darkness in fairy tales and Jessica Grey captures that darkness wonderfully in her collection of four re-imagined fairy tales. She weaves each story together from the perspectives of several different characters, giving them a richness of dimension that adds to their potency.
Danica Lamphere
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short anthology of different perspectives from various fairy tales, imaginative and unique and I only wish a few of them had become full books in themselves.
Joanna Peterson
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I really enjoyed reading the fairy tales told from different points of view.
Brittany Goodman
Different but good

Think Disney with a Grim-esque twist although the last one wasn't so much a grim twist as it gave another view. The stories were very good, nonetheless. This book is for lovers of fairytale s that enjoy seeing them tweaked.
I received this book free from one of the book subscription emails.
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm not reviewing this one formally, but I read it very quickly on Kindle the other day. While the storyline twists on each fairy tale had huge potential, I feel that this potential wasn't carried out to its full extent, and it read like a rough draft rather than a polished manuscript.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Much better form for short stories than her other book. Each story is told by several different character's points of view. Snow White's personality sure was an eye opener. ;)
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Jessica Grey is an author, fairy tale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives with her two children near Colorado Springs, where she spends her time writing, complaining about snow in April, and drinking way too much caffeine.

Jessica writes witty, modern Jane Austen adaptations and Young Adult fairy tales featuring strong girls and magic.

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